Here’s how I made my DIY full bed canopy out of PVC pipes! You get a very professional look for a fraction of the cost and it’s very easy to make. Enjoy! 🙂
Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA_71DLkfxg
Step 1: Gather Materials
What you’ll need to make the canopy:
Eight 1/2″ PVC pipes (these measurements are for a full size bed):
- Two 64″ pipes
- Four 76″ pipes
- Two 78″ pipes
- Four 1/2″ 3-way elbows
- Four 1/2″ caps
- Spray paint
- Two 38″ x 216″ window scarves http://amzn.to/2igKHpP
*Note: I ordered burgundy window scarves and received a pinkish red, so I recommend browsing photos in the reviews section to see what colors customers have received vs. what is advertised.
Step 2: Spray Paint Pipes & Elbows
Place your pipes and elbows on top of a large piece of cardboard, newspaper, etc. and spray paint them until they are fully covered. This took about 3 coats and a few hours to dry on each side.
I chose not to spray paint the caps that go on the bottom of each standing pipe, but you can definitely paint yours, if you’d like!
Step 3: Add Caps & Elbows to Pipes
Once the pipes and elbows are painted and dry, place the caps on the bottom of the four 76″ pipes. Then, place the elbows on the top of each of those pipes.
Step 4: Attach Pipes to Build Canopy
Attach all pipes to create the canopy structure. I did this myself without difficulty, but I would recommend having one other person for convenience!
Step 5: Add Window Scarves
Once all pipes are attached, drape your window scarves over the top of the canopy. I chose to drape one over the head of the bed and one over the foot of the bed.
Step 6: Secure to Wall
For added stability, place foam mounting squares in between the elbows and the wall. This will prevent the canopy from wobbling much when bumped.
To take it a step further, I added DIY tube strap brackets made from strips of fabric and push pins, but you can also use real tube straps!
You now have a beautiful, quality canopy for under $50!! Thank you so much for checking out this tutorial–I hope you enjoyed it. Comment below and let me know if you decide to try it out. If you have a moment, please vote for this project to win the PVC Contest. Thank you! 🙂
Download the full Instructables tutorial here: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-PVC-Pipe-Bed-Canopy/